Wayne Taylor Racing Top the Final Practice Session

The Cadillac DPi appears to be the car to watch in the Prototype class as it has made a clean sweep of topping all practice and qualifying sessions in the Prototype class. It finished the practice session on top for #10 Wayne Taylor Racing with a fastest time of 1:36.970. Prototype Challenge saw BAR1 Motorsport back on top with the #20 claiming the fastest class time. Ford still appeared to be unstoppable this morning as, once again; they took the fastest time in the GTLM class with a 1:43.490. GT Daytona was taken by #48 Paul-Miller Motorsports as Andrea Calderelli took the fastest time narrowly from Jeroen Bleekemolen in the Riley Mercedes-AMG GT3.

There were two delays to the session this morning. The first was due to the #62 Risi Competizione as it dropped oil coming out of the infield section. A quick-dry truck was sent out on course to cover the oil spill, leading to a ten-minute delay. The second red flag of the session was pulled out by the #18 DAC Motorsport Lamborghini. Emmanuel Anassis was coming out of the infield sector and onto NASCAR 1 when the Lamborghini ended up facing the wrong way with one of its wheels separated from the car. Despite the large amount of smoke coming from the Lamborghini, Anassis got away from the car absolutely fine. There was about a 20-minute delay as the Car was recovered from the track by a flatbed. It is unknown whether the car was spun around by another car or if the error was the drivers. With the damage on the Lamborghini, it is assumed that it was hit by another car.

After being given special clearance to stay at the track beyond curfew last night the #81 DragonSpeed team managed to get the ORECA repaired in time for practice this morning. After their big crash yesterday morning that saw them sitting out of qualifying, the team were determined to gain as much track time and data as possible. They managed to finish the session about a second off the pace of the pace-setting Cadillac DPi with a 1:37.922.

Joey Hand returned to the same form he had in qualifying and took the fastest GT Le Mans time of the session. Half a tenth up on his closest competitor – the #912 Porsche – his fastest lap was a 1:43.490. The Porsche #912 split the top-two Fords as Dirk Werner in the #67 Ganassi Racing Ford GT completed the top three in the GT Le Mans class.

It was close at the top of the GT Daytona category as Calderelli and Bleekemolen battled for the top of the class position. Just 0.056 seconds separated the two at chequered flag where Calderelli took the fastest time of 1:47.455. Two Huracans ended in the top three of the GT Daytona class, as the Change Racing Lamborghini was third fastest.

With all of the practice session now finished for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the teams will now be preparing for the main event. The 24-endurance race begins at 14:30 EST tomorrow. @SpeedChillsView will keep you up-to-date from lights to flag so you will not miss any of the action the 55th Rolex 24 has to offer.